Analysis of Proposed Consent Order
to Aid Public Comment

The Federal Trade Commission has accepted, subject to final approval, an agreement to a proposed consent order from respondent Zim Textile Corporation.

The proposed consent order has been placed on the public record for thirty (30) days for reception of comments by interested persons. Comments received during this period will become part of the public record. After thirty (30) days, the Commission will again review the agreement and the comments received and will decide whether it should withdraw from the agreement and take other appropriate action or make final the agreement's proposed order.

This matter concerns practices related to the manufacture, sale, and distribution of household textile products. The Commission's complaint charges that respondent violated the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C.  41 et seq., and the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act, 15 U.S.C.  70 et seq., by offering for sale and selling household textile products without disclosing on a tag or label affixed to each such product the fiber content, the manufacturer or dealer identity, and the country of origin.

Part I of the proposed consent order prohibits future violations of the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act and Commission rules and regulations, found at 16 C.F.R. Part 303, implementing the requirements of the statute.

Part II of the proposed order requires the respondent, for three years after the date of issuance of the order, to maintain records demonstrating compliance with the order.

Part III of the proposed order requires the respondent to distribute copies of the order to certain company officials and employees. Part IV of the proposed order requires the respondent to notify the Commission of any change in the corporation that may affect compliance obligations under the order. Part V of the proposed order requires the respondent to file one or more compliance reports. Part VI of the proposed order is a provision whereby the order, absent certain circumstances, terminates twenty years from the date of issuance.

The purpose of this analysis is to facilitate public comment on the proposed consent order. It is not intended to constitute an official interpretation of the agreement and proposed order or to modify in any way their terms.